If you're counting the calories or you're just trying to be healthy we're here to help. We've rounded up some of our healthiest and tastiest lunch recipes which are all under 200 calories...
Our collection of lunches under 200 calories are part of our 5:2 diet meal plans. They’re easy to make, delicious and guilt-free too!
Lunchtimes can often be the hardest part of a calorie controlled diet. If you’re trying to be good, it can be disheartening to have unsatisfying lunch, but there are plenty of delicious low calorie lunches you can whip up yourself.
We’ve rounded up some of our most delicious lunch recipes that all come in under 200 calories per serving. Either divide the ingredients before making and make each one per portion or make a big batch and portion out for the week.
Soups, salads – and even potatoes – our low calorie lunches are not just diet substitutes, they’re delicious meals in their own right. If you’re following the 5:2 Diet Plan, a 200 calorie lunch would be perfect for your fast days.
Browse through our collection of lunch recipes under 200 calories for some healthy inspiration…
Fancy trying the 5:2 diet? Follow our guide to making low-calorie 5:2 diet meal plans.
First up is this delicious bean and pepper salad pictured above.
123 calories/ 9g fat per portion
Get a good healthy dose of your 5-a-day by making this veg-packed salad for lunch. The simple balsamic and oil dressing is given a flavoursome kick by the addition of tangy ginger – delicious!
Get the recipe: Bean and pepper salad
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161 calories/2.0g fat per portion
Quorn is much lower in fat and in calories than meat which makes it the perfect healthy option for lunch. Mixed with tender beans and soft spinach leaves, this soup recipe is only 161 calories per serving and takes just 20 mins to rustle up too!
Get the recipe: Quorn lunch bowl
170 calories/9.0g fat per portion
You don’t have to ditch all carbs when it comes to dieting and this recipe is the perfect example. Serve chunks of crushed new potatoes along with gooey, protein-packed quail eggs and plenty of greens will keep you full until dinner time.
Get the recipe: Crushed new potatoes and shoots
179 calories/8.0g fat per portion
Not all salads are plain and boring! This salad recipe combines tender steak slices with a tangy orange and Dijon mustard dressing – handfuls of fresh rocket and red onion add to the flavour too. This recipe is also carb-free with no bread, pasta or rice to serve reducing the calorie down significantly.
Get the recipe: Steak, chicory and orange salad
163 calories/1.5g fat per portion
Soup is a great choice if you’re trying to be healthy at lunch. You can make it in advance and store it in the fridge and just re-heat when needed. This spring vegetable soup is loaded with delicious fresh veggies such as leeks, carrot and pak choi. A fresh, homemade stock makes all the difference in this recipe.
Get the recipe: Spring veg soup
162 calories/4.0g fat per portion
What makes these chicken pittas so low in calories? Well, the low-fat natural yogurt, wholemeal pittas and skinless chicken should do the trick! With only 162 calories per serving, they’re a perfect lunch-box filler and packed with crisp lettuce leaves and juicy cherry tomatoes – which will count towards your 5-a-day.
Get the recipe: Chicken pittas
200 calories/ 15g fat per portion
134 calories/ 7g fat per portion
152 calories/10g fat per portion
This creamed corn salad is super quick and easy to make and tastes just as good as it looks. Made with sweetcorn, cream and shallots, this warming salad is perfect if you’re a fan of sweetcorn. Counting towards your 5-a-day, serve this salad with fresh leaves and sprinkle with pumpkin seeds before serving.
Get the recipe: Creamed corn salad
130 calories/ 1g fat per portion
129 calories/ 10g fat per portion
137 calories/11.0g fat per portion
This dish is a creamy, Indian classic which is usually served as a side dish but is more than tasty enough to be a lunch on its own. Combine with freshly prepared carrot, celery or cucumber sticks to dip in. This recipe uses only a handful of ingredients so it’s no wonder it’s so low in calories.
Get the recipe: Tarka Dhal
180 calories/8.5g fat per portion
Beans are a great source of fibre and protein and will fill you up quite quickly, meaning you’ll eat less and snack less too – which is ideal if you’re calorie counting! This salad is not only bursting with different types of beans such as cannellini, borlotti and green, it’s also full of flavour thanks to the tangy mustard dressing.
Get the recipe: Mixed bean salad with mustard dressing
107 calories/6.0g fat per portion
Egg is a great source of protein and protein is ideal if you’re trying to be healthy – it will keep you fuller for longer meaning you’ll snack less between meals. This delicious recipe uses 6 eggs in total along with plenty of tender artichokes and is finished with a sprinkle of parsley for a flavoursome finish.
Get the recipe: Spanish tortilla with artichokes
132 calories/1.0g fat per portion
This recipe only uses 7 ingredients and takes just 10 mins to cook! At 132 calories per serving, miso soup is a great choice if you’re watching your figure as it’s made from mostly water. Shiitake mushrooms and tangy ginger add a great flavour to this Japanese classic along with miso paste – which you can pick up in most supermarkets.
Get the recipe: Chicken miso soup
100 calories/4.0g fat per portion
When it comes to salad dressing – homemade is the best and this recipe is proof! The tangy prawn salad dressing is made from scratch with a handful of ingredients and is much healthier than shop bought.
Get the recipe: Prawn salad with pickled cucumber